On occasion we would buy commercial pasta sauce, usually last-minute when we don’t have the ingredients to make our own. When we buy, it’s Prego, or Ragu. Whatever Costco has, or the local store if really last-minute. However, we tried the Classico brand of marinara sauce (http://www.classico.com/red-sauces.aspx ). Also at Costco.
The first time we used it, I got really, really weird dreams that night. Hallucinations, actually. Colors, sounds, smells. The next morning I had a dull headache. I made no direct connection with Classico but considered it was from something I ate the night before.
Well, the scientific method approach within me got me thinking. So I replicated the dinner, knowing exactly what I was eating. Exact same result - hallucinations, colors, sounds, smells. Several months later and our favorite pasta sauce was out so we bought Classico again. This time I carefully watched what I was eating all day long. Pasta that night. Classico sauce. It happened all over again.
I suspect I’m experiencing a weird food “allergy” to one or more ingredients in Classico pasta sauce. Unless, of course, Classico has on several widespread occasions, with different batch numbers and date stamps, used other ingredients in their production.
We do not buy Classico anymore. In fact, unless we are having a pasta craving and have to buy sauce, I now only make my own from scratch. I usually make my own pasta sauce; we just get lazy at time. Not anymore. Whenever I buy the ingredients, I double the amount. So when I’m on my second batch of ingredients, I know I have to buy double the next time I’m in the store.
Anyone else every experience a weird reaction to commercial food products like this?